La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir: I Will Sleep!

I’m not sleeping well these days. Are you? I should stay away from social media and news programs. But knowledge is power, and I feel a need to fortify myself with information. Rather than being fortified, however, I am left with a feeling of impending doom. A retreat to the kitchen where I could...

Bubbles Beyond New Year’s Eve: Argyle Willamette Valley Brut

It started with a post from my friend Chef Andrew: https://www.hy-vee.com/meal-solutions/recipes/Sesame-Encrusted-Responsible-Choice-Tuna-Steaks-with-Asian-Slaw-(Get-Cooking)-R10731.aspx And then a plan: “Let’s make these tuna steaks for dinner this Saturday!” Then, a wine: Argyle Willamette Valley Brut! A post from NPR’s Bloglovin today discussed ways to use up those “unused champagne bottles from your New Year’s Eve festivities.” https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/bloglovin-food-3904551/9-champagne-cocktails-to-kick-off-new-year-5365199191 Who has...

Orin Swift Cellars Abstract; Who Needs a Warm Blanket?

The first deep cold of this winter season came blasting through this weekend. Windchills were recorded at 35F below zero.  Snowflakes were whipped horizontally by the wind. As the system pulled away, even the sun couldn’t disguise the cold that settled in behind.  It merely glinted off the ice that remained solidly on frozen surfaces....

Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and My Sparkle Obsession

I blame my Mother. She loved things that sparkled. Not in a glitzy, cheap way, but in an elegant, classy way. I have adopted her love of sparkle and have expanded it to new heights, or perhaps depths. I fully embrace the glitzy sparkle. Glitter eyeshadow? I’ve got that. Sparkly sweaters? I own many. Bracelets...

Old Soul Cabernet on a Snowy Morning

The day dawned with the first snow of the season.  A wet snow, coating everything in still white.  The morning skies matched the gray-white of the ground. It seemed fitting that I had planned to open a favorite old vine Cabernet. The Old Soul Cabernet, born of old Lodi vines, holding quiet wisdom in...

Bogle Phantom: Two Vintages, Twice the Mystery

“Wine is better the older it is, right?” I get this question at work. A lot. I scrunch up my face.  “Well…not necessarily”, I say. Actually, the majority of wines on my store’s shelves are meant to be purchased (with the help of your friendly, knowledgeable wine specialist), carried home, opened, and CONSUMED! Post...

Seeking Comfort in Contemplation and Familiar Wines

I was thankful this weekend to have some time to reflect on this past week’s horrifying events in my community. Grieving, but moreso, trying to wrap my head around an event of such hatred. And senseless loss of lives. And trying to understand my sense of helplessness. I found solace in the warm November...

Allegrini Palazzo della Torre and Polenta in the Park

Why don’t we eat more polenta?  It leads to good things like, say, drinking good Italian wines. Or, taking lazy afternoon naps. Or, gathering with a bunch of Italian families in the middle of Iowa, for their annual polenta in the park party. Which is what I was fortunate enough to do on this...